Sainsburys closes its Birmingham city centre supermarket – Birmingham Live

Sainsbury’s Martineau Place store in Birmingham city centre has suddenly closed its doors after 20 years.

Surprised shoppers found the store in Union Street locked up with railings sealing the inside of the building.

Signs state “This store is now closed” and it’s Facebook page has updated its status to “permanently closed”.

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Locals are being pointed in the direction of two other Sainsbury’s branches in Birmingham – in Colmore Row and Navigation Street.

The reason for the sudden closure is unclear and Sainsbury’s has yet to comment.

Referred to as Sainsbury’s Central, the city centre branch opened in 2001 on the entrance to Martineau Place and near WH Smith and City Arcade.

The closure comes days after annoyed shoppers took to Twitter to complain to Sainsbury’s about empty shelves at the Martineau Place store.

One shopper griped on September 10: “May I ask why the Birmingham Martineau place store is so poorly stocked? It looks very sorry for itself”, photographing rows of empty shelves.

Another questioned why there hadn’t been an overnight food delivery to the store on September 11 where there was little seen on the shelves except drinks of Irn Bru.

Sainsbury’s has been approached for a comment.

The closed Sainsbury's at Martineau Place, Birmingham city centre and inset the sign that it has shut
The closed Sainsbury’s at Martineau Place, Birmingham city centre and inset the sign that it has shut

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